Friday’s TV tips

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Friday’s TV tips

COMIC-BOOK DRAMA: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (Channel 4, 8pm)

To say Marvel has a stranglehold on the media this year is an understatement.

Four of 2014’s highest grossing movies were from the Marvel stable, and with this series picking up after a shaky first season, and pending new series Agent Carter and Daredevil set to boost their small-screen presence, safe to say rival superhero shows The Flash, Arrow and Gotham need to pull out all the stops to avoid cancellation.

Back to those HYDRA-sensitive agents, and this week they discover murder victims with alien glyphs written on them. They just happen to be the same ones that Coulson has been etching.

Finally it seems all of his secrets and lies come to a head, but will we finally get a conclusion to Coulson’s resurrection storyline after the battle of New York? And will we spot any pointers to pending blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron?

Possibly not, but fans of Marvel’s The Punisher and The Inhumans may see some references.

FILM: Airplane! (Film4, 7.15pm)

(1980) If Star Wars is the ultimate sci-fi movie, this is easily the greatest spoof of all time.

The passengers on board an ill-fated airliner become increasingly nervous when the crazy flight crew are laid low by food poisoning. Meanwhile, the ground control team struggle to ensure the plane lands safely as a traumatised war veteran is forced to take the controls.

Zucker, Zucker and Abrahams’ comic masterpiece is ageless and the cast, which includes Robert Hays and Leslie Nielsen, have never been funnier.

It’s safe to say your sides will ache by the end of the film, for Zucker, Zucker and Abrahams barely give you more than a couple of seconds respite before unleashing the next hilarious gag.

Starring: Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

FILM: Vehicle 19 (Film4, 9pm)

(2013) In Johannesburg, American ex-con Michael travels to a reunion with his girlfriend.

But on his arrival, he is immediately targeted by the local police – it seems he inadvertently rented a car which contained a bound and gagged female whistleblower in its boot.

The authorities are keen to silence her for good before she can spill the beans about their corrupt practices – and it’s up to Michael to keep them both safe.

It was never going to win any awards for brilliance, but Paul Walker does his best with a predictable script.

As you would expect from the star of the Fast and Furious franchise, the action sequences are pretty impressive.

Starring: Paul Walker, Naima Mclean, Gys de Villiers, Leyla Haidarian

DOCUMENTARY: The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove (BBC4, 9pm)

The Beeb’s only gone and done it again; put together another brilliantly informative documentary about a much-loved music genre and its changes throughout the decades.

If ever there was a perfect television programme to wind down to after a long week at the office, this would be it, as it examines the history of funk, from its birth in the black community at such a time of social change. It was a time when the fun style of the music changed the streets of America in the 1970s with new trends in fashion and even the way people spoke – a celebration of African-American culture.

Funk is a genre that has produced some of the most famous acts in the world, including the likes of James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, Earth, Wind & Fire and Kool & the Gang.

Keep an eye out for contributions from George Clinton, Ray Parker Jr and trombonist Fred Wesley.

FILM: The Sentinel (ITV4, 10.30pm)

(2006) A dedicated secret service agent is on the hunt for a neo-Nazi militant group, who he believes has infiltrated the White House, when he gets framed in an assassination attempt.

So he’s forced to try and clear his name, while also tracking down the real mole. Meanwhile his former protege, who may just have a grudge against him, is tasked with bringing him to justice.

Any film with Michael Douglas is bound to be great, and this doesn’t disappoint.

There’s plenty of tension as you try to spot the real mole and Eva Longoria is surprisingly good in one of her first movie roles.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Eva Longoria Parker, Kim Basinger, Jackie Burroughs

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